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Our training programmes aim to equip and empower you as a carer.

Training is very important for carers for a number of reasons.

It provides you with the essential skills and knowledge you need to care safely. It helps maintain your wellbeing and can prevent you from becoming ill yourself. It can also help reduce feelings of isolation and provide an opportunity for you to do something for yourself. 

As well as running our own training courses we also aim to signpost you to other training providers so you can access training to suit your needs:
The NHS ELFT Recovery College provides training for people experiencing mental health issues and their carers. Read more about the Recovery College here.
FutureLearn provides a wide range of online courses designed by leading universities for a wide range of learners.  They have many courses that help increase your knowledge about conditions and your caring role.
"About Me: Building Resilience for Caring" is an online training package especially created for unpaid carers by Carers UK.  Click here to learn more.

Training is very important for carers for a number of reasons.

It provides you with the essential skills and knowledge you need to care safely. It helps maintain your wellbeing and can prevent you from becoming ill yourself. It can also help reduce feelings of isolation and provide an opportunity for you to do something for yourself. 

As well as running our own training courses we also aim to signpost you to other training providers so you can access training to suit your needs:
The NHS ELFT Recovery College provides training for people experiencing mental health issues and their carers. Read more about the Recovery College here.
FutureLearn provides a wide range of online courses designed by leading universities for a wide range of learners.  They have many courses that help increase your knowledge about conditions and your caring role.
"About Me: Building Resilience for Caring" is an online training package especially created for unpaid carers by Carers UK.  Click here to learn more.

Adapting to Caring

Carers in Bedfordshire is not responsible for the content delivered by an external provider.

Tuesday 23rd January, 10.30am-12.30pm
Coping with Change
Provides you with ways of dealing with significant change.
Sea Cadets HQ, Biggleswade.
Fee: Free - (Donations welcome)
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

Tuesday 20 February, 10.30am-12.30pm
Medication Management
Explains how to administer medication safely and to ensure compliance
St. Nicholas Church Hall, Barton Le Clay
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

Thursday 1 March, 2 –  4pm
Meet the Team
Our Bedford team will be available to talk, with displays showing our services.
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: Free
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Monday 5 March, 10.30am-12.30pm
Meet the Team
Our Biggleswade team will be available to talk, with displays showing our services.
St. Nicholas Church Hall, Barton Le Clay.
Fee: Free - (Donations welcome)
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

Tuesday 6 March, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Power of Attorney by Nigel Ashton, Woodfines Solicitors
Discusses the implications of Power of Attorney for you and your loved one.  Plenty of time for Q&As.
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Caring Safely

Carers in Bedfordshire is not responsible for the content delivered by an external provider.

Tuesday 9 January, 9.30am
Impact Mental Health Peer Support delivers a 4 week programme to help deal with any health and well-being challenges you are experiencing.
Community Voluntary Service, Bedford
For further details and to book, visit Impact Website

Thursday 25 January, 1.30-3.30pm
5 Ways to Wellbeing
Learn ways to take practical steps to improve your wellbeing.
St. Nicholas Church Hall, Barton Le Clay 
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

Friday 2 February, 9.30am
Impact Mental Health Peer Support delivers a 4 week programme to help deal with any health and well-being challenges you are experiencing.
Friends Meeting House, Leighton Buzzard
For further details and to book, visit Impact Website

Monday 5 February, 9.30am
Impact Mental Health Peer Support delivers a 4 week programme to help deal with any health and well-being challenges you are experiencing.
Community Voluntary Service, Bedford
For further details and to book, visit Impact Website

Tuesday 6 February, 9.30am
Impact Mental Health Peer Support delivers a 4 week programme to help deal with any health and well-being challenges you are experiencing.
The Grove Theatre, Dunstable
For further details and to book, visit Impact Website

Wednesday 28th February, 1pm-3pm
Everyday First Aid
The aim of the training is to pass on a few simple life saving skills in a way that is easy to remember and helps to build confidence to enable people feel more able to deal with first aid emergencies.  There are a wide range of skills in the programme which will cover basic first aid skills for adults.  You will receive an information pack and certificate of attendance but the course will not qualify as a first aider.
(For registered unpaid carers only)
Trainer: Jill Organ - British Red Cross
Leighton Buzzard - Venue TBC
Fee: Free - (Donations welcome)
Contact: Sarah Johnson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231208

Wednesday 28th February, 10.30am-12.00pm
Hate Crime  
How does hate crime affect disabled people?
 What should I do if I witness a hate crime?
Sea Cadets HQ, Biggleswade
Fee: Free (Donations welcome) 
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

Friday 2 March, 9.30am
Impact Mental Health Peer Support delivers a 4 week programme to help deal with any health and well-being challenges you are experiencing.
Community Voluntary Service, Bedford
For further details and to book, visit Impact Website

Monday 5 March, 10am-12pm
Moving & Handling Workshop
Are you caring for someone with limited mobility?  This workshop will look at good handling techniques and safety measures to avoid injury and how to take care of your back. 
(For registered unpaid carers only)
Trainer: Jennie Archer - Physiotherapist
Venue: Dunstable Fire Station
Fee: Free - (Donations welcome)
Contact: Sarah Johnson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231208

Thursday 8 March, 10.30am – 12.30pm
5 Ways to Wellbeing

Learn ways to take practical steps to improve your wellbeing.
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919 

Thursday 19 April, 9am – 4.30pm (30 mins lunch break - bring your own lunch)
Emergency First Aid at Work Certification Day (with Helen Porter-Bell)
The course will cover assessing a situation, dealing with an unresponsive casualty, resuscitation, bleeding, and shock and choking.  The certificate will be valid for 3 years.
(For registered unpaid carers only)
Fee: Free (Donations welcome)
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Understanding Conditions

Carers in Bedfordshire is not responsible for the content delivered by an external provider.

Mental Health Conditions
NHS Recovery College
For a copy of their brochure, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or ring 01234 316 708

Support4Memory Workshops
Bedford area
Contact Tibbs Dementia Foundation on 07795 177 948

Wellbeing

1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, 45min appointment
1-to-1 Smartphone/Tablet/Laptop training
For anyone wanting to learn new skills or to upgrade their current skills.
Venue: TBC
Fee:Free - (Donations welcome)
Contact: Sarah Johnson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231208

The 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10.00am - 2.30pm
Relaxation
Trainer - Victoria Harley
Sea Cadet HQ, Biggleswade
Fee: £15.00 for 30 min or £25.00 for 60 min.
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 01767 315079

Thursday 18,25 Jan, 1, 8, 22 Feb, 1, 8, 15 March
Art Group
Learn new techniques and discover your hidden talents
Sea Cadet HQ, Biggleswade
Fee: £40.00 per course or £6.00 per session
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 01767 315079

Friday 12, 19 Jan, 2, 9, 16 Feb, 2, 9 Mar, 10.30 – 12.30pm 
Mix Media (Art)
Learn new techniques and discover your hidden talents
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: £35 per course; £6.00 per session
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Monday 19, 26 February, 5 March, 12 – 1pm
Wellness (with Dawn Sunrise)
Learn breathing techniques & gentle exercises which may help you to relax and stay calm.
Very beneficial in helping relaxation and informative on different ways to achieve this.”
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: £15 per course; £6 per session
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Thursday 8 March, 1.30-3.30pm
Art Session
An opportunity to learn new skills and to be immersed in art for a couple of hours.
St. Nicholas Church Hall, Barton Le Clay. 
Fee: Free (Donations welcome) 
Contact: Dawn Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01767 315079

Monday 12, 19, 26 March, 12 – 1pm
Wellness (with Dawn Sunrise)
Learn breathing techniques & gentle exercises which may help you to relax and stay calm.
Very beneficial in helping relaxation and informative on different ways to achieve this.”
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: £15 per course; £6 per session
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Tuesday 13, 20, 27 Mar; 10, 17, 24 Apr; 1, 8 May, 10.30 – 12.30pm
Ceramics (with Mandy Thurland)
Learn how to create a piece of hand pottery e.g. animal, train, leaf.  Pieces will be fired in a kiln.  This course is open to both the carer and the person you care for.
Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford
Fee: £40 per course; £6.00 per session
Contact: Nicola West, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0300 111 1919

Tuesday 13th March, 6-8pm
'Seaside Talk' 
by Ann Ledger (Dunstable Town Tour Guide)
Ann will be attending the Dunstable Group meeting to talk about the history of the British Seaside Holiday
Venue: Dunstable Salvation Army
Fee: Free - (Donations welcome)
Contact: Sarah Johnson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231208

Thursday 29th March, 10am-12pm
‘A Changing World’ by the Purple Trust
Yvonne Clark from the Purple Trust will be attending the Leighton Buzzard Morning group to give a talk on ‘A Changing World’.  A fun filled two hours looking at the progress, (or not), of living life from 1930’s to the present day.
Venue: TBC
Fee: Free - (Donations welcome)
Contact: Sarah Johnson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07772 231208

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